Food Stamp Benefits Decreasing 30 Oct 13

The state Human Services Department says that most food stamp recipients will see their benefits decrease on November 1st as extra funding provided by the federal government during the recession comes to an end. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson suggests that people contact the Minnesota Food Helpline for assistance to help them locate a food shelf or other food assistance in their neighborhood. A family of four on SNAP will see an average reduction of $36 a month, and Jesson says they know some extra food will be important. The Minnesota Food Helpline number is 1-800-711-1151. Food stamp benefits will again be a major point of debate between the US House and Senate in the coming days as they again try to hammer out an agreement on a new Farm Bill.